Books

Early Commons Petitions in the English Parliament, c.1290 - c.1420 (Camden Vol 52)
W Mark Ormrod
Camden Fifth Series

The fourteenth century witnessed the emergence of the parliamentary common petition, a statement of grievance and request for reform that provided the basis for much of the royal legislation of the period. In the process of compiling the common petitions, much proposed business was set aside and not committed to the permanent record of the parliament roll. A significant body of that ‘lost’ material has now been recovered and is published here for the first time, providing a fresh understanding of the full range of preoccupations of the medieval House of Commons as it emerged as the mouthpiece of the political community before the king. Alongside questions over the rights of the church, the corruption of officials and the processes of royal justice, the commons also expressed deep concerns over the many political, economic and social concerns of the period, including the consequences of war, plague and revolt.

£16.00
Letters of Lord Burghley to Sir Robert Cecil, 1593-8 (Camden Vol 53)
William Acres
Camden Fifth Series

William Cecil, Lord Burghley's 128 letters to his son Sir Robert Cecil in Cambridge University Library Manuscript Ee.3.56 are the largest collection of papers showing the close direction and counsel he gave his son in seeking and obtaining the office of Principal Secretary, 1593-8. The materials concentrate on the task of receiving and crafting a wide and large array of papers on behalf of the queen and privy council: finance, administration, foreign policy and religion figure prominently as does the shift from continental war to Ireland. These letters give an intimate perspective of their intimate relationship: Burghley's care for family, thoughts of death, a unique record of illness and old age are framed by his political and spiritual anxieties for the future of the queen and her realms.

£16.00
Camden Fifth Series Vols 52 and 53: 2 volume package
Camden Fifth Series
£25.00
Queenship at the Renaissance Courts of Britain: Catherine of Aragon and Margaret Tudor, 1503-1533
Michelle Beer
Studies in History

Catherine of Aragon (r.1509-1533) and her sister-in-law Margaret Tudor (r.1503-1513) presided as queens over the glittering sixteenth-century courts of England and Scotland, alongside their husbands Henry VIII of England and James IV of Scotland. Although we know a great deal about these two formidable sixteenth-century kings, yet we understand very little about how their two queens contributed to their reigns. How did these young, foreign women become effective and trusted consorts, and powerful political figures in their own right? This book argues that Catherine and Margaret’s performance of queenship combined medieval queenly virtues with the new opportunities for influence and power offered by Renaissance court culture. Royal rituals such as childbirth and the Royal Maundy, courtly spectacles such as tournaments, banquets, and diplomatic summits, or practices such as arranged marriages and gift-giving, were all moments when Catherine and Margaret could assert their honour, status and identity as queens. Their husbands’ support for their activities at court helped bring them the influence and patronage necessary to pursue their own political goals and obtain favour and rewards for their servants and followers. Situating Catherine and Margaret’s careers within the history of the royal courts of England and Scotland and amongst their queenly peers, this book reveals these two queens as intimately connected agents of political influence and dynastic power.

£25.00
Religion, Time and Memorial Culture in Late Medieval Ripon
Stephen Werronen
Studies in History

Ripon Minster was St Wilfrid's church, and its vast parish at the edge of the Yorkshire dales was his domain, his memory living on among the people of his parish centuries after his death. Wilfrid was a saint for all seasons: his three feast days punctuated the cycle of the agricultural year and an annual procession sought his blessings on the growing crops each May. This procession brought together many of the parish's earthly lords - the clergy and the gentry - as they carried the relics of their celestial patron. In death they hoped that they too would be remembered, and so remain a part of parish society for as long as their tombs survived or prayers were said for them in the church of Ripon. This book charts the developments in the practice of religion, and in particular the commemoration of the deceased, from the late fourteenth to the early sixteenth centuries in this important parish. In particular, it shows how the twin necessities of honouring the minster's patron saint and remembering the parish dead had a profound effect on the practice of religion in late medieval Ripon, shaping everything from the ritual calendar to weekly and daily religious routines. It also provides insights into the state of English religion on the eve of the Reformation.

£25.00
Jacobitism and anti-Jacobitism in the British Atlantic World, 1688-1727
David Parrish
Studies in History
£25.00
Parties, agents and electoral culture in England, 1880-1910
Kathryn Rix
Studies in History
£25.00
Women as public moralists from the Bluestockings to Virginia Woolf
Benjamin Dabby
Studies in History
£25.00
Contested Reformations in the University of Cambridge, c.1535-84
Ceri Law
Studies in History

The University of Cambridge has long been heralded as the nursery of the English Reformation: a precociously evangelical and then puritan Tudor institution. Spanning fifty years and four reigns and based on extensive archival research, this book reveals a much more nuanced experience of religious change in this unique community. Instead of Protestant triumph, there were multiple, contested responses to royal religious policy across the sixteenth century. The University’s importance as both a symbol and an agent of religious change meant that successive regimes and politicians worked hard to stamp their visions of religious uniformity onto it. It was also equipped with some of England’s most talented theologians and preachers. Yet in the maze of the collegiate structure, the conformity they sought proved frustratingly elusive. The religious struggles which this book traces reveal not only the persistence of real doctrinal conflict in Cambridge throughout the Reformation period, but also more complex patterns of accommodation, conformity and resistance shaped by social, political and institutional context. As well as an important new perspective on this critical intellectual and religious community, this book also provides broader insights on the conflicted nature of religious change in sixteenth-century England.

£25.00
The Image of the Black Prince in Georgian and Victorian England: negotiating the late medieval past
Barbara Gribling
Studies in History
£25.00
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The Village World of Early Medieval Spain
Robert Portass
Studies in History
£25.00
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